Consider the hospital-acquired conditions that are not reimbursed under Medicare/Medicaid, some of which are
specific safety issues such as infections, falls, medication errors, and other concerns that could have been prevented
or alleviated with the use of evidence-based guidelines.
Choose a specific condition of interest and incorporate evidence-based strategies to support communication and
ensure safe and effective care.
For this assessment, consider using one of the following approaches:
1. Expand on the scenario presented in Vila Health: Identifying Patient Safety Concerns and analyze a quality
improvement (QI) initiative.
2. Analyze a current issue in clinical practice and identify a quality improvement (QI) initiative in the health care
The purpose of this assessment is to better understand the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in enhancing
quality improvement (QI) measures that address safety risk. This will be within the specific context of patient safety
risks at a health care setting of your choice. You will do this by exploring the professional guidelines and best
practices for improving and maintaining patient safety in health care settings from organizations such as QSEN and
the IOM. Looking through the lens of these professional best practices to examine the current policies and
procedures currently in place at your chosen organization and the impact on safety measures for patients, you will
consider the role of the nurse in driving quality and safety improvements. You will identify stakeholders in QI
improvement and safety measures as well as consider evidence-based strategies to enhance quality of care and
promote safety in the context of your chosen health care setting.
Be sure that your plan addresses the following, which corresponds to the grading criteria in the scoring guide.
Please study the scoring guide carefully so that you know what is needed for a distinguished score.
Explain factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk.
Explain evidence-based and best-practice solutions to improve patient safety related to a specific patientsafety
risk and reduce costs.
Explain how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety and reduce costs.
Identify stakeholders with whom nurses would coordinate to drive safety enhancements.
Communicate using writing that is clear, logical, and professional, with correct grammar and spelling, using
current APA style.
Length of submission: 3–5 pages, plus title and reference pages.
Number of references: Cite a minimum of 4 sources of scholarly or professional evidence that support your
findings and considerations. Resources should be no more than 5 years old.
APA formatting: References and citations are formatted according to current APA style.